Kosova Food 2 – Ajvar

Ajvar [eye-var] or hajvar is a sort of relish made from roasted peppers.  It is a popular accompaniment in Kosova for many foods and is used as a base for pizzas, in place of chutney or mustard in a sandwich and on the side of bread and cheese and many traditional Kosovar dishes.

Ajvar is made in the autumn (September and October) when peppers are very cheap. Continue reading “Kosova Food 2 – Ajvar”

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Kosova Food 1 – samun me suxhuk

Over a year ago I wrote a blog post about things I miss from England. That blog post was all about food, specifically the food you can’t get in Kosova. The good news: you can now get more and more food items that 3 years ago you couldn’t find here. Now we have baked beans, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, ramen noodles, sweet chilli sauce and Texas barbecue flavoured Pringles! Even at the market you can now find celery, fresh mushrooms, sweet potatoes, avocados and even passion fruit (though it will cost you). This is far removed from how things were when I first moved to Kosova 3 years ago when a stick of celery was a luxury I couldn’t hope to find anywhere. Continue reading “Kosova Food 1 – samun me suxhuk”

5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. Over the past 3 years or so I have relied on people to translate/interpret for me on an almost daily basis. Although my grasp of Albanian is much improved from what it was originally I still need help sometimes. Most of the time it’s Ilir who does this, but not always, and I’ve noticed something… translators/interpreters hardly ever get thanked for what they do. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator”

When [we’re] cleaning windows

img_8420“Helen, you look like you’re on a mission trip, why are you taking photos of me cleaning windows?”. Ilir’s point was a good one. We have both had a lot of experience of mission teams who photograph literally everything they do, see (or eat) for the ‘report to church’ when they get home, and at times we have found ourselves doing roughly the same thing so that we have some ‘proof’ of what we’re doing for our prayer letters and blog Continue reading “When [we’re] cleaning windows”

Helen – things I miss from England

We want to use this blog not only to talk about the ministry we’re involved in but also to share a little bit about life here in general. We feel that Kosova has been done a disservice by the way that some organisations have described living conditions and we want to try and give an honest and up-to-date view of what living in Kosova is really like.

One of the things that I often get asked both in Kosova and in the UK is what I miss from England. Continue reading “Helen – things I miss from England”

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